Known as The Oriental Store, founded in 1866 by Ashley Abraham Vantine, this emporium of Japanese, Chinese, Indian, Turkish, and Persian imports, a global marketplace of brightly colored lamps, porcelain, textiles, scents, and trinkets, (see their catalogs online) captivated American consumers from the start.
This Seto porcelain moriage tea set, created by "the greatest ceramic artists of the day" is an art deco delight of incredibly vivid hand painted green blue, brown, yellow, tan,and red, bordered by black trim with white stitch trim. In keeping with the earthy, floral theme, the textured handles reflect the Basho (banana) plant leaf.
While bold in design, sturdy in appearance, the light grey porcelain of each piece is delicately transparent when held against light. Amazing.
We were incredibly lucky to find information on this set through online preservation of Vantine and Co.'s 1917 Catalogue (source: archive.org). There, on page 80, is item 5482. Carefully straw wrapped in crate boxes from Vantine's studios in Nagoya, Japan, and originally sold as a 15 piece set.
This incredible hard to find collection, a testament to early 20th century Japanese porcelain artistry includes nine pieces. While the teapot does not have a lid, it could serve as a unique yellow, orange/ red, and green flower holder.
With its bright, fresh colors, this collections strikes one as if new, to be left in awe as it has survived an estimated 100 years.
*This set is sold as a nine piece set, with three matching cups to saucers. There are actually six saucers so the set will ship with 12 pieces.
Origin: Seto/Nagoya, Japan, 1917; pre-owned
1 Teapot (no lid): 4 5/8"H x 7 1/4"W (spout to handle)
3 Teacups: 2"H x 3 3/4"W
6 Saucers: 5 1/2"W
1 Sugar Bowl: 4 1/2"H x 2 1/8"W
1 Creamer: 4"H x 1 3/4" W Opening
Hardware holding teacups is not included.
Condition: Great. This set is missing the teapot lid. Otherwise, there are no chips, cracks, stains, or repairs. There is some black spotting from manufacturing, noted on the inside of one teacup and on the saucer backsides.
Teacups are like small pieces of jewelry-they tell a story, they are displayed, shown off with pride, and prized from one generation to another. Like jewelry the time comes when such beauties are not so 'minty" young. And yet these lovely items have lasted so long for a reason.
They are still in their prime. Seasoned with time-honored character.
Our goods are unique, quality time pieces of the past which have been inspected, researched and carefully handled to be prized. We will never sell any teacups with cracks or major damages. Our condition findings, along with our photos, are detailed as thorough and honestly as we can see, as your satisfaction is our main priority.